Author Archives: Paul Kelleher

Is Solidarity a “Moral Epiphenomenon”?

There is a theory in the Philosophy of Mind called epiphenomenalism. Roughly, the view is that mental states—beliefs, desires, sensations, etc.—are real, but that they do no real causal work. The idea is that while mental states are not mere fictions … Continue reading

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The Wisconsin Protests

As the lone Wisconsin-based contributor to Inequalities, I have been remiss in not writing about the ongoing protests here in Madison. Here is what’s going on.

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What is Health Equity?

I had planned to use my posting privileges here to write a series of posts on the idea of health equity, which would then form the basis of a public talk I have to give. Unfortunately, the date for the … Continue reading

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Unfortunate, Unfair, Unjust

I am looking forward to an exciting year at Inequalities, and if Ben’s and Brendan’s 2011 posts are any indication (and surely they are!), you should be too. I have been busy prepping for the Spring semester, but I wanted … Continue reading

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Above-Ground Rationing

Consider two medical interventions: With the first, you can save 100 people’s lives at a total cost of $4.5 million ($45,000 per life saved). With the second, you can save 33 people’s lives at a total cost of $20 million … Continue reading

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Is health insurance like a television? (or, What is the point of health insurance?–Part 2)

In my last post I identified an argumentative move that has been used to defend reforms like the Affordable Care Act. The move goes like this: “The whole point of health insurance is that it’s a vehicle to redistribute funds … Continue reading

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What is the point of health insurance? (Part 1)

When discussing the politics and ethics of health care policy and reform, one often hears claims or suspicions about the “special importance” of health care. To my mind, the strongest suspicion can be expressed thus: health care is of special … Continue reading

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